a shark tagging programme along the portuguese coast was initiated in 2001 in collaboration with the national marine fisheries service. from a total of 168 blue sharks (prionace glauca) tagged, 34 sharks were recaptured (20% return rate) providing important information on this species' movement patterns for the area. a total of 28 sharks travelled less than 1000 km while at liberty for time periods ranging from 22 to 1294 days. the remaining fish travelled long distances to north-west africa, central atlantic and the bay of biscay. only one shark made a transatlantic migration, being recaptured 3187 km from the tagging site. north–south movements seem to be related to seasonal sea-surface temperature variation in the north-east atlantic. seasonal segregation of different life stages also occurs.
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